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John Edward Beall, 85, passed away December 17, 2019. John was born August 20, 1934 in Williams, IA to Florence (Steele) and Chester Beall. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1954-57 during the Korean War. Following his service, he attended Drake University where he earned his Master’s in Psychology and worked as a Mental Health Advocate. John was also a strong advocate for the elimination of shock therapy treatment. He wrote a book with his grandson titled “Beloved Despite”, was a lifelong democrat with a strong interest in politics, and a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruby Beall; his children, Michael (Laura) Beall, Barbara Elizabeth Horan and Thomas Paine Beall; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his first cousin, Senator Daryl Beall. John was also a third cousin removed from Abraham Lincoln. John was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Marjorie, Margaret, and Vigil.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), 2001 Forest Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 or www.IowaCCI.org. Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.



Service Details

Visitation:
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Family will greet their guests following the service
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
3424 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Service:
Saturday, February 8, 2020
11:00 am
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
3424 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Disposition:
Cremation
Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines, Iowa
Arrangements:
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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